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Someone to know: Greg Alder, Boise River Dogs

Friday, April 30th, 2010

BOISE, IDAHO – The younger players today bemoan their fate. Oh, how some of them wish they could have played in the heyday of men’s fastpitch. They hear the stories from the older veterans.

Every city prospered with an abundance of teams and leagues. Every town – large or small – had at least one team. And intense, often times bitter rivalries between neighboring towns drew hundreds of fans to league and tournament games.

Travel? Maybe a few miles cross-town. Maybe a few miles down the road. And tournaments? Every weekend some team somewhere close by hosted a tourney.

Greg Alder of Boise counts himself lucky. He grew up and played in the glory days of men’s fastpitch – the 1960s through the late 1980s.

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The Boise Fastpitch Revival is underway

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“You start your own team by getting one young guy and he brings a buddy, and that buddy brings a buddy.” – Ryan Meister.

BOISE, IDAHO – For the past two months Ryan Meister has been burning up his long distance minutes. He’s made calls to Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Meister’s a man on a mission. He’s determined that the first annual Meridian Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will be successful.

And if it is, then maybe the men’s fastpitch revival that he and Greg Alder are working so hard to bring about will actually come about.

Alder, 57, remembers when Boise was a hot bed of men’s fastpitch in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. But the glory years are long past. Men’s fastpitch has since died in Idaho. Except for Boise.

And Meister and Alder refuse to surrender Boise without a fight.

Thus they’ve devised a plan: Host a tournament to attract teams from out of state for the Meridian tournament (May 22nd). And if enough local slowpitch and baseball players see good fastpitch, then just maybe that will spark an interest.

“If we can start it and let people know we’re still playing, I think we can get it going again,” said Meister, 38.

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